Accounted For

The following individuals have been officially “accounted for”
since this site was founded in December 2011.

Thanks to the tireless efforts of field teams and lab technicians,
researchers and nonprofit groups,
and families, friends, and comrades who never gave up hope,
this list will continue to grow.
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2018

18 Accounted For
last updated 13 October 2018


PFC Michael Leo Salerno
Company K, Third Battalion, 2nd Marines
MIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943.
1943. Declared killed in action as of 20 November.
1946. Remains located by 604th QMGRC. Designated X-??
1949. Buried as unknown, NMCP plot ??
2018: Accounted for as of 27 September.
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin.
DPAA Announcement (12 October 2018)

Sergeant Millard Odom
Company K, Third Battalion, 2nd Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
1943. Reported buried in Grave 25, Row C, East Division Cemetery.
1946. Remains located by 604th QMGRC. Designated X-273
1949. Buried in National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Plot F, Grave 1222.
2018. Accounted for as of 20 August.
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin.
DPAA Announcement (4 September 2018)

PFC Alva Jackson Cremean
Marine Detachment, USS Oklahoma
Missing in action following sinking of ship at Pearl Harbor. Declared killed in action as of 7 December.
1941-1942.Buried in common grave, Halawa or Nuuanu Naval Cemeteries, Oahu.
1948.
Exhumed and examined for identification.
1949.
Reburied in common grave, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu.
2015-2017.
Graves exhumed and remains sent for laboratory analysis.
2018.
Identified and accounted for on 14 August.
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin.
DPAA Announcement (4 September 2018)

PhM2c William Horace Blancheri
HQ Company, Second Battalion, 2nd Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Reported buried in Grave 26.
Accounted for 14 August 2018
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin.
DPAA Announcement (27 August 2018)

PFC Leonard Anthony Tyma
Company E, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Accounted for 6 August 2018
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin.
DPAA Announcement (11 September 2018)

Captain Lester Albert Schade
Company L, Third Battalion, 4th Marines
Captured on Bataan, 9 April 1942, and held as a prisoner of war.
Died aboard the hellship Enoura Maru, 9 January 1945.
Buried in mass grave in Formosa Harbor.
Accounted for 26 July 2018
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin.
DPAA Announcement (28 August 2018)

Staff Sergeant Richard Joseph Murphy, Jr.
H&S Company, 6th Marines
KIA on Saipan, Mariana Islands, 15 June 1944.
Accounted for 25 July 2018.
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin.
DPAA Announcement (28 August 2018)

Technical Sergeant Harry Arnold “Bud” Carlsen
Company A, Second Amphibian Tractor Battalion
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Reported buried in East Division Cemetery, Grave B.
Accounted for 4 June 2018
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin.
DPAA Announcement (28 August 2018)

PFC Robert Leroy Zehetner
Company F, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Reported buried in “Grave A, West Division Cemetery.”
Accounted for 20 June 2018
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin.
DPAA Announcement (31 July 2018)

Corporal Claire Eulin Goldtrap
Company A, Second Amphibian Tractor Battalion
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Accounted for 1 June 2018
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
DPAA Announcement (31 July 2018)

PFC Merton Raymond Riser
Company K, Third Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
Accounted for 20 June 2018
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
DPAA Announcement (27 July 2018)

PFC Robert Kimball Holmes
Marine Detachment, USS Oklahoma
KIA at Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941
Buried as an unknown, NMCP, Honolulu, 1941.
Accounted for 9 May 2018.
Salt Lake City Cemetery, Utah, 20 August 2018.
DPAA Announcement (26 July 2018)
Obituary (The Deseret News)

PFC Paul David Gilman
Company M, Third Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
1943. Buried Grave #39, Division Cemetery #3 (a.k.a. 8th Marines Cemetery #2 / Betio Cemetery 27).
2015. Cemetery located by History Flight.
2016. Remains recovered by History Flight and turned over to DPAA.
2018. Accounted for on 17 May.
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
DPAA Announcement (11 June 2018)

PFC William Franklin Cavin
Company F, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943
1943. Buried on Betio, date and location unknown.
1946. Remains located by 604th QMGRC. Designated X-??
1949. Buried as unknown, NMCP plot ??
2013. Additional identifying material located by History Flight.
2018: Accounted for on 2 May.
To be buried in Overton Cemetery, Tazewell, TN (13 October 2018)
DPAA Announcement (3 May 2018)

PFC Clarence Ell Drumheiser
Company D, First Battalion, 6th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 22 November 1943
1943. Buried on Betio, date and location unknown.
2018. Identified on 26 March; accounted for on 6 April.
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
DPAA Announcement (18 April 2018)

PFC Herman Walter Mulligan, Jr.
Company L, Third Battalion, 22nd Marines
Died of wounds sustained on Okinawa, 30 May 1945.
1945. Buried in 6th Marine Division Cemetery, Okinawa, as unknown.
1948. Remains disinterred and shipped to Manila.
1949. Identification declared impossible.
1950. Buried in Manila American Cemetery as an unknown.
2018. Accounted for on 28 February.
Arlington National Cemetery (21 August 2018)
DPAA Announcement (7 March 2018)
Funeral Announcement (16 August 2018)
“Lost In Battle, Found By Amateur Sleuths” (New York Times)
“Bringing Mulligan Home: The Other Side of the Good War” by Dale Maharidge (Amazon purchase link)

2Lt. Harvel Lee Moore
Company E, Second Battalion, 8th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 22 November 1943.
1943. Buried in Betio Cemetery 33.
1946. Remains overlooked by 604th QMGRC.
2017. Remains located at site of Cemetery 33 by History Flight.
2018. Identified on 12 February; accounted for on 20 February.
Chatham Cemetery, Jackson Parish, LA (26 May 2018)
DPAA Announcement (22 February 2018)
Funeral Announcement (17 May 2018)

PFC Joe Lukie
Company K, Third Battalion, 2nd Marines
Missing in action on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943.
1943. Buried in [unknown location], Betio.
1946. Remains located by 604th QMGRC. Designated X-??
1949. Buried as unknown, NMCP plot ??
2013. Additional identifying material located by History Flight.
2017. Identified on 5 September.
2018. Accounted for on 16 February.
Burial information pending wishes of next of kin
DPAA Announcement (20 February 2018)

PFC Jack Harvey Krieger
Company A, First Battalion, 18th Marines
KIA on Betio, Tarawa atoll, 20 November 1943.
1943. Buried in Grave 11, Row 1, Betio Cemetery 25.
1946. Remains located by 604th QMGRC. Designated X-224.
1949. Buried as unknown, NMCP F 1112, on 23 March.
2013. Additional identifying material located by History Flight.
2018. Identified on 10 January; accounted for on 31 January.
Larned Cemetery, Larned KS (28 May 2018)
DPAA Announcement (1 February 2018)
Funeral Announcement (21 May 2018)